BATON ROUGE, La. (The Daily Advertiser) – In the state of Louisiana, there are more than 250 open missing persons cases, according to the Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing People’s database.
These cases leave hundreds of families, including several in Acadiana, wondering everyday about their vanished loved ones’ whereabouts, well-being and whether they will ever return home.
In a proclamation signed weeks ago, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared June 8 Missing Persons Day. The proclamation specifically notes the disappearance of a local mother of three.
Crystal Dupuis Grebinger, 32, was last seen leaving Lafayette women’s shelter Faith House on Feb. 8, 2013. Her family has not seen or heard from her since. The case remains under investigation, with no new leads, state police said.
“It’s still an active investigation,” Louisiana State Police Troop I spokesman Trooper Brooks David said on Monday.
Grebinger’s aunt Jeanne Savoy has spearheaded efforts to keep her case in the public eye with hopes for new information and to provide support to other families of those missing.
There are roughly eight open missing persons cases in Acadiana, according to the Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing People’s database.
April 30 marked four years since 15-year-old Keiosha Felix vanished from her grandmother’s Duson home. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office is still asking for the public’s help in locating the teen who authorities believe might be in the Baton Rouge area.
On May 4, 2014, 28-year-old Tyler Lauren Domingue dropped off her son at her mother’s home in Opelousas and then disappeared.
Dale LeFleur, 68, left his Port Barre home early evening on July 13, 2011. Investigators found his mobile home unlocked with his dog left behind. The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office believe LeFleur may be in danger.
“Every missing person, whether a child or adult, deserves to be found no matter how long they remain missing and no matter what the circumstance surrounding the disappearance may be…” the governor’s proclamation, which will be formally announced on Saturday in Breaux Bridge, states.
The proclamation will be announced at a public event that will begin at a 10 a.m. “Walk for Awareness” walk beginning at Veterans Memorial Park in Breaux Bridge.
Breaux Bridge Police Chief Rollie Cantu, 15th Judicial District Chester Cedars and representatives of Acadian Counseling Services and Louisiana State University FACES are scheduled to speak during the event. LSU FACES, forensics research program, will be providing DNA and child ID kits, Savoy said.
Local families of those missing are encouraged to attend.
“Our goal is to create awareness, bring the community and local law enforcement together in order to solve and reduce these cases,” Savoy said. “We need to build trust and open the communication between the two.”
For more information, visit the State of Louisiana Missing Person’s Day Walk and Community Gathering event page on Facebook.